Six Sigma--The First 90 Days

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Pearson Education, Mar 31, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 416 pages
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Start Six Sigma Fast—And Achieve Powerful Business Benefits Within Months


This book offers leaders a proven turnkey approach to launching a Six Sigma initiative in 90 days and using it to transform your company within a year.


Drawing on their experience with fifty Six Sigma programs at companies ranging from AlliedSignal to Motorola, Stephen A. Zinkgraf and his contributors show how to rapidly align people, strategy, processes, and customers in support of your initiative—and gain powerful momentum for success. You’ll walk through preparing for an enterprise-wide launch, executing it flawlessly, and establishing a foundation for achieving sustainable results over the long term.


Zinkgraf’s techniques, roadmaps, and milestones can help you quickly launch any complex change initiative—even those unrelated to Six Sigma. Taken together, they offer a complete framework for driving and managing change: the #1 core competency for twenty-first century executives. Coverage includes

  • Leading Six Sigma: roadmaps, milestones, and techniques for delivering fast, sustainable gains
  • Effectively preparing, flawlessly executing, and extending your impact for years to come
  • Identifying opportunities, building teams, choosing partners, defining metrics, managing risk, and much more
  • Discovering best practices from over fifty successful launches: techniques that work with any large-scale change initiative



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About the Author
The Business Model
Communicating the Six Sigma Program Expectations
Six Sigma Launch Philosophy
Selecting a Six Sigma Provider
The Alignment of External Realities Setting
Defining the Six Sigma Program Expectations and Metrics
Creating Six Sigma Executive and Leadership Workshops
Deployment and Project Champion Workshops
Selecting and Training the Right People
Creating the Human Resources Alignment
Tracking the Program
Committing to Project Selection Prioritization
Leading Six Sigma for the Long Term
Reinvigorating Your Six Sigma Program

Defining the Six Sigma Infrastructure
Defining the Six Sigma Project Scope

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About the author (2006)

Dr. Stephen A. Zinkgraf is CEO of Sigma Breakthrough Technologies, Inc. (SBTI), a firm he founded in 1997 to drive business process excellence around the world.


Dr. Zinkgraf spent three years at AlliedSignal as director of operational excellence and leading the deployment of Operational Excellence (Six Sigma) in the firm’s $4B Engineered Materials Sector, driving over $350M in improvements. Steve held multiple roles at Motorola, including engineering group leader, production manager and plant quality manager, and statistical quality engineering group leader.


At Asea, Brown, Bovari Ltd. (ABB), he led an internal consulting group focused on implementing Six Sigma in combination with Lean Manufacturing Systems. He also served as staff statistician for Compaq Computer Company.


He holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M University.

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